At about seven o'clock Sunday evening there was an explosion in the barn on the Wm. Dunn farm located two miles east of Marcus and occupied by Semon Zembsch. In a moment the barn was a mass of flames, in fact, so rapid was the spread of the fire that Mr. Zembsch who was standing near the barn at the time of the explosion, could not rescue his horses and five of them were burned to death. His harnesses and a buggy were also destroyed.
Mr. Zembsch had some dry but very dusty hay stored in the barn and it is thought the explosion was caused by this dust making a gas which exploded.
The barn was insured for $500 in The Western Cherokee Mutual and Mr. Melter paid the loss in full Monday morning. The horses were insured in a Des Moines company but we are unable to learn the amount.
The loss is a severe one on Mr. Zembsch, who is a young married man who commenced farming in Minnesota and for several years was drowned out by wet weather. He was just getting nicely started in this county when this misfortune came upon him. However, Mr. Zembsch is a man of grit and will live to laugh at misfortunes overcome.
At noon Tuesday the little six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lew Stiner, of Quimby, undertook to move the family cow and in doing so the rope was wound around his body. The cow became unruly and started to run, throwing him to the ground and dragging him three blocks when he was rescued by C. E. Shyle who chanced to be working near the roadside and stopped the cow and rescued the little fellow, who was unconscious. It is thought that his head struck the timbers of a culvert over which the cow passed. At first Mr. Shyle thought the boy was dead but he was hurried to the office of Dr. Brewer where he was revived. An examination showed that no bones were broken and it is hoped that there are no serious internal injuries. It was a close call for the little fellow though.
Mrs. Elmer Jones was awarded national honors at the V.F.W. and auxiliary convention held recently at Louisville, Ky., as the individual procuring the greatest number of members for the auxiliary. Forty-two local women joined the organization as a result of her activities. Gold emblematic jewelry, bracelet and pendant, were received by Mrs. Viola Boosalis, local president, for delivery to Mrs. Jones who did not attend the meeting.
Mrs. Boosalis and Mrs. H. O. Wood returned home Monday. Other delegates form L. A. Wescott post and auxiliary were Mrs. Irma Jones, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Crane, Walter Holderness and "Scoop" Anderson.
Four Townships Hold Referendums Monday Night.
Cherokee county farmers favor three to one the continuance of the corn-hog program into 1935, according to final figures compiled by Glenn Curtis, chairman of the county corn-hog committee, but oppose a 1936 one-contract per farm plan by a majority of 117.
Monday's four-township ballots were 197 approving and 59 disapproving the 1935 program; 104 favoring and 129 opposing the 1936 plan.
Seventy-five Silver township farmers met with J. J. Walker as leader. Votes cast on question No. 1 were 58 yes and 9 no; No. 2, 29 yes and 26 no. Contract non-signers ballots one yes and two no to No. 1; one yes and two no to No. 2.
C. C. R. Bush was in charge of the Sheridan meeting attended by 68 at the Cleghorn opera house. Balloting by this group was 36 yes and 20 no; No. 1; 24 yes and 31 no; No. 2; non-signers, 2 yes and 1 no; No. 1; 1 yes and 1 no, No. 2.
Diamond township group, with 85 present, met at the Diamond Center church with Frank Kohn as speaker. Returns were 51 yes and 12 no, No. 1; 17 yes and 40 no; No. 2; non-signers, 3 yes, No. 1; 1 no, No. 2.
Walter Peterson was in charge of the Grand Meadow referendum held at the schoolhouse with 74 present. Votes were 50 yes and 12 no, No. 1; 31 yes and 25 no, No. 2; non-signers, 1 yes and 3 no, No. 1; 1 yes and 3 no, No. 2.
Cherokee residents Thursday approved by an overwhelming vote of 701-20 the extension of the Iowa Public Service Company franchise for 10 years.
In view of chilly, damp weather the turnout of 732 voters was considered good by IPS officials. There were 10 spoiled ballots.
The special election was set by the City Council early in September when power company officials met with councilmen to explain the need to enlarge electric facilities in Cherokee.
In view of the expected growth in the consumption of electricity, IPS requested a 10-year extension to its present franchise which had only six years to run.
A.L. Larsen, district IPS manager told the council that "Our company is growing right along with Cherokee...and must stay ahead of the increasing demands for electricity."
Gerald Geisinger Motors, Rambler dealer in Sioux Rapids and Spencer, announced that he has sold his two Rambler dealerships to Carl Peterson, Storm Lake and Cherokee auto dealer.
Peterson is now operating the Spencer location under the firm name of Peterson Motors Rambler. Gordon Grohe, a Peterson Motors employee in Cherokee, has been named manager at Spencer.
The Sioux Rapids Rambler branch will be closed as a Rambler agency. However, Geisinger will continue to operate it until the present stock of used cars is sold.
He also will continue to sell new Ramblers in the Sioux Rapids area as a resident salesman for Peterson Motors of Storm Lake and Spencer.
Service problems of Geisinger-sold Ramblers will be handled by Peterson Motors in Stork Lake, Cherokee or Spencer.
The state takeover of county court systems has not had a serious effect yet, but it will in the near future, said Cherokee County's clerk of courts.
Mick Brown, who spoke at a Cherokee of Commerce sponsored candidates forum Saturday, is running unopposed for another term as clerk of courts. He has held the office for eight years.
The state is in the process of gradually taking over county court systems. So far the funding of witnesses and juries, expect grand juries, and the court reporter's compensation has been taken over by the state. On Jan. 1, 1985, bailiffs compensation will be taken over and on July 1, 1985, the juvenile court system will be taken over. The state plans to takeover the entire court system by 1987.
Brown said the takeover has not effected his office that much, but he said he has had to do some extra work.
One of the problems with the takeover is that money the county gets from fines will be going to the state. As the county will not be paying for the operation of the court system after the takeover, it is hard to determine what the effect of this will be.
Also, the state has asked county court system to submit budgets for the 1986-87 fiscal year. Brown said this is proving to be difficult because he does not know exactly what his office will need then.
An advantage to the takeover will be a more uniform method of handling court business. Brown said the uniformity between the state's 99 counties will make it easier for those involved in the court system.
In order for the takeover to be successful, Brown said clerks will have to work together, and ultimately some will have to "give a little."
When the takeover is complete, clerks of courts will be appointed. The 1984 election will be the last time the position is on the ballot. However, Brown said the position will be placed on the ballot in the future if there are a lot of complaints about the clerk of courts.
The clerk's office will still be in the county courthouse. Brown said the state will pay telephone bills, but he did not know if there was a provision for utilities.
Other than the reorganization, Brown said the only other big issue or need facing the clerk of courts is storage. He said there is a storage problem at the courthouse and some records may have to be discarded to make room for current ones.
"I hate to throw anything away, but something is going to have to be done somewhere along the way," he said.